Easy Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon

Difficulty Easy

A simple and quick dinner recipe that can be put on the table in 15 minutes: Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon! Spice up your dinnertime rut with only 4 ingredients and heart-healthy, good-for-you salmon. Moist, flaky salmon that’s FULL of exciting, spicy-sweet flavor! YUM!

Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon

A family favorite that’s healthy, fast, and tasty, I often turn to salmon for dinner. From Miso Maple Salmon Skewers, Salmon Ochazuke, or Salmon Poke Bowls — it’s a popular option in my repertoire of weeknight recipes.

And this recipe is especially easy and delicious: Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon!

Buttery, healthy, good-for-you salmon. A spicy-sweet Asian glaze with only 4 ingredients. And packed FULL of bright, fresh, mouthwatering flavor.

The simple glaze is inspired by Asian pantry ingredients. Sambal Oelek — a fresh Asian chili sauce made from chilies and garlic — provides the heat. Combined with sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar, it makes for an incredibly simple but flavorful glaze. The flavor profile is addictively spicy-sweet-tangy.

To add even more flavor, use the oven broiler. Changing the heat source from the bottom to the top ensures all those charred edges and crispy corners. And minimal clean up, since a sheet pan is all you need. Enjoy!

asian glazed salmon and rice on dark plate with fork with rice and salmon in background

Ingredients:

  • Salmon. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals, and anti-oxidants — salmon is good for your heart and full of anti-inflammation properties. For this recipe, cook individual portions of salmon OR one large filet to be served family-style. Look for salmon with even thickness. That way, the salmon will cook evenly.
  • Sambal Oelek or Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce. A fresh chili paste or sauce that’s spicy, smoky, and intensely flavorful. The texture is loose, similar to salsa, and there are visible chunks of garlic and chili seeds. I recommend Sambal Oelek, which is a Malaysian fresh chili sauce. Or Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce. They are commonly used as a dipping sauce or condiment with spring rolls, grilled meats, or Hainanese chicken.
  • Vinegar. For that sharp, tangy kick of flavor! I like Rice Vinegar, which is a pantry staple. Or Apple Vinegar, which is a Korean vinegar that’s floral and slightly sweet. White distilled vinegar is also good.
  • Soy Sauce. For umami depth and richness.
  • Sugar. Adds sweetness and balances all the heat from the chili sauce. Can be subbed with maple syrup, honey, or agave.
bottle of sambal oelek

Instructions:

  1. Make glaze. In a small bowl, add the ingredients for the spicy glaze. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Reserve 1 Tbsp for later, in a separate bowl.
  2. Add glaze. Using either a pastry brush or a spoon, add glaze to the salmon. Make sure to brush the sides of the salmon, as well as the tops, several times. It will look watery.
  3. BROIL. Transfer sheet pan to the pre-heated oven. Broil on high heat (6-8 minutes for individual portions, 8-10 minutes for larger filet). Do not overcook! The fish is cooked through when it flakes away easily and there are charred spots here and there on the top.
  4. Brush reserved glaze. While the salmon is hot, use a clean pastry brush to add the reserved glaze all over.
  5. Serve. Garnish with cilantro and/or sesame seeds. Serve with rice and steamed veggies. Enjoy!

PRO Tips:

  • Preheat the oven. A pre-heated oven ensures moist, flaky salmon that’s not overcooked. Turn the broiler on high and preheat for 10 minutes first.
  • Rotate salmon. About halfway through the cooking process, rotate the sheet pan so the salmon is evenly cooked.
  • Watch carefully! The glaze can burn easily. Keep an eye on the salmon in the last minute or two.

Essential Kitchen Tools:

  • Sheet Pan. A large, rimmed sheet pan that’s thick and won’t buckle in high heat is your BFF for this recipe! I like Nordic Ware sheets pans (affiliate).
  • Silicone Brush. I recommend a silicone brush (affiliate) over a boar bristle brush, as it’s easier to clean and you won’t have to worry about loose hairs that fall out.
  • Parchment Paper OR Silicone Silpat. For easy cleanup. The glaze is quite messy and will stick to the sheet pan when broiled.

Serve with:

The bright, punchy flavors of Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon pair well with rice. Some options:

For sides, keep it simple and serve with steamed vegetables (broccoli, green beans, cabbage). Other nice additions: Wakame Seaweed Salad, Korean Cucumber Salad, or Quinoa Arugula Salad.

Variations:

  • Salmon Bites. For a fun, quick option, cube salmon into 1-inch salmon bites. A TikTok popular technique that ensures lots of crispy corners and charred edges. And a quick cooking time!
  • Air Fryer. Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon is also Air Fryer friendly. Simply place in the pre-heated Air Fryer basket and cook at 400F for 6-8 minutes. Easy and convenient.

FAQ

Can I reduce the spice?

Yes, absolutely! The chili sauce is quite spicy. If you prefer, halve the amount of the fresh chili sauce.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, this Spicy Salmon recipe easily doubles and triples. If serving individual portions, make sure there’s enough space in between the salmon when broiling. That will ensure the salmon cooks evenly and gets those delicious charred edges.

Can I substitute the Asian chili sauce with sriracha?

If you don’t have Asian fresh chili sauce like Sambal Oelek or Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce, you can use sriracha. The flavor will be different but it’s a good substitute.

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asian glazed spic salmon in shallow white bowl with cilantro garnish

Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
A simple and quick dinner recipe that can be put on the table in 15 minutes: Asian Glazed Spicy Salmon! Spice up your dinnertime rut with only 4 ingredients and heart-healthy, good-for-you salmon. Moist, flaky salmon that's FULL of exciting, spicy-sweet flavor! YUM!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4
Calories 260 kcal

Equipment

  • small bowl
  • sheet pan
  • Silicone Brush
  • parchment paper or silpat

Ingredients
  

  • 4 salmon fillets about 1 1/2 lbs total

Glaze

  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Asian Chili Sauce, like Sambal Oelek or Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar *can be subbed with maple syrup, honey, agave, or brown sugar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp vinegar *rice vinegar, apple vinegar, or white vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Prep oven and sheet pan. Position oven rack 3-4 inches from the heat element. Preheat oven to BROIL for 10 minutes. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or foil for easier clean up.
  • Make glaze. In a small bowl, mix together glaze ingredients. Make sure the sugar dissolves. Set aside. Reserve 1 Tbsp of glaze for later.
  • Add glaze. Arrange salmon the sheet pan. Brush or spoon glaze onto the individual salmon fillets. Be generous with the glaze, making sure to brush the sides of the salmon as well as the tops, several times on each side.
  • Broil. Transfer sheet pan to the pre-heated oven. Broil until cooked through and the fish flakes away easily, about 6-8 minutes for individual portions of salmon or 8-10 minutes for a salmon filet. About halfway through the cooking process, rotate the sheet pan so the salmon is evenly cooked. The glaze should be caramelized with little brown spots here and there.
  • Serve and enjoy. Garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately with rice and steamed vegetables of your choice.

Video

Notes

Tips:
  • Preheat the oven. A pre-heated oven is the trick for a moist, flaky salmon recipe that’s not overcooked. Preheat the broiler on high for 10 minutes.
  • Look for salmon with even thickness. That way, the salmon will be moist and perfectly cooked throughout.
  • Watch carefully! The glaze can burn easily. Keep an eye on the salmon in the last minute or two.

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 34gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 451mgPotassium: 839mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 68IUCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Asian Glaze, Quick, Salmon, Sambal Oelek, Spicy
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15 minutes, All Recipes, Asian, Dinner with Friends, Main, Seafood, Sheet Pan, Weeknight Meals

One Comment

  1. I made this tonight!! Turned out AMAZING and really easy to make!

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